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- FLORIDA RECOUNT: United States Vice President Al Gore’s team is celebrating the decision of the Florida Supreme Court to allow hand recounts to be included in the final result for the State. All seven judges agreed on the decision. It is a defeat for Florida Secretary of State Catherine Harris, a Republican, who was prepare to call the result without the hand counts, effectively handing the presidency to Republican George W. Bush. There is a deadline for final results, and that is early Tuesday morning NZ time. Mr Gore said he doesn’t know who will prevail after the decision, but he said it was a victory for democracy. George W. Bush’s lead is shrinking with the hand count, but not as dramatically as the Democrats would have hoped. It is two weeks since Americans went to the polls. George Bush has called the decision unfair, saying the rules are being changed in the middle of the game.

- SUPER FUND: Official papers released by National say that at most the direct contribution from the Government special superannuation fund will be 14 percent of the pension.

- YACHT OVERTURNS: There was drama on Hauraki Gulf as a yacht from the Oracle syndicate, who have been training for an America’s Cup challenge, overturned when the keel gave way. It is understood Kiwi skipper Chris Dickson may have been at the helm when the boat turned over. The incident is a huge setback for the syndicate.

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